A Small Insight

For the past few days I have been working on a new diorama (using the kit room) . . . my "Paris Studio Apartment" . . . and I have almost completed the Holland Blinds for the two windows. I still need to add either a ring or tassel to the bottom of the blind . . . however, I haven't made up my mind which will look better.

Of course no studio apartment would be complete without a number of cushions for added comfort. Quite a bit of sewing needed here, but these are now finished and ready to go.

It also required a bookshelf . . . so I used the plastic one from my IKEA Huset set and glued on a painted Crocodile board back panel to give it a fresh look.

Next I made some canvases to hang on the walls (using pictures found on Pinterest) which reflect the colours used throughout this diorama.

I'm still painting new furniture and sourcing final bits 'n' pieces, but it shouldn't be long before I can show you the completed diorama. I hope you like what I've shown you so far.

Just in case you're wondering, the room colours are based on the triadic scheme used in the fabric which I chose to use for the blinds.


A Hint of Colour

I'm still up to my eyeballs with making/painting my own diorama furniture, so I have been too busy to take photos this week. However, I have this post which I hope will help my fellow diorama enthusiasts who may be struggling with colour.

Colour plays an important role when it comes to decorating a diorama and the use of a colour wheel is really beneficial to develop colour schemes with these key approaches.

Three shades, tones or tints of one base colour. This variation of a single colour creates schemes which are serene and relaxing. Light tones create a relaxed delicate feel, whereas dark tones can feel moody and dramatic. Mixing light and dark tones is easy to apply to design projects for a harmonious look.

These colours can be found on the opposite sides of the colour wheel, such as lime and hot pink or blue and orange. Used together, the colours will appear brighter and more prominent.

Colours which are not in the same colour “family” or that aren’t exactly harmonious can work very well together. By using a bold or deep colour from one area of the colour spectrum and using a lighter colour from a different family, the overall impact can be quite striking, like lemon yellow and royal blue.

Aside from those above, there are other combinations, such as Triadic and Split Complimentary, but for the purpose of making dioramas, they are not really necessary. As the saying goes "less is more" and it's easy to complicate a room by introducing too many variations of colour into such a small space.

I hope this post helps those aspiring diorama builders out there in the dolly world, colour is a great inspiration to me and so much fun to experiment with and I do love having fun . . .  don't you?